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Roller Weight Loss & Advanced Surgery

What You Need To Know About Weight Loss Surgery

Five Critical Questions You Need To Ask Your Bariatric Surgeon

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. It's imperative that you take the time to research your options, including who you choose as your bariatric surgeon. Below are the five most critical questions to ask your bariatric surgeon before proceeding with weight loss surgery.

1. Are you a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence® (BSCOE) designee?

The American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) recognizes only the best of the best as BSCOE designees. The program identifies surgeons that demonstrate an unparalleled pledge and ability to deliver safe, effective, evidence-based care. Many insurance companies also provide better coverage to surgeons who are BSCOE designees.

In 2010, Dr. Josh Roller received a BSCOE designation for his continued dedication to offering excellent patient care and outcomes. Currently, only 700 surgeons in the entire U.S. have been designated as BSCOE.

For more information on the BSCOE program, click here.

2. How many weight loss procedures have you performed?

Experience matters, and it's critical that your surgeon has the confidence that only an extensive number of surgical cases can provide. Your surgeon's expertise can give you the comfort and confidence that you need.

Dr. Roller has performed more than 1,000 weight loss procedures, from the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy and the lap gastric banding procedure, all yielding great results. Dr. Roller and Dr. Yong Kwon perform weight loss procedures laparoscopically, which can result in less pain, faster recovery, fewer complications and a quicker return to your busy schedule.

For more information on the laparoscopic approach and weight loss procedures performed by Dr. Roller, click here.

3. Are you fellowship-trained in bariatric surgery?

Not all training programs are created equal. It's very important that your bariatric surgeon have a great deal of experience and training in the field of weight loss surgery for you to gain ultimate peace of mind. A surgeon's desire to obtain a fellowship demonstrates their commitment to the highest level of training.

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Dr. Roller and Dr. Kwon are the only group of fellowship-trained bariatric and advanced laparoscopic surgeons in Arkansas. Dr. Roller completed his Minimally Invasive Surgical Fellowship in Bariatric and Advanced Laparoscopic General Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, one of the premier bariatric surgery centers in the country. Dr. Kwon completed his Minimially Invasive Surgical Fellowship in Bariatric and Laparoscopic General Surgery at the Universtiy of Washington Department of Surgery in Seattle.

To read more about Dr. Roller, click here. To read more about Dr. Kwon, click here.

4. Do you offer multiple weight loss procedures?

Not everyone needs the same weight loss procedure. That's why you must talk with your doctor about the surgical option that's right for you. By offering multiple procedures, your surgeon can assure you that your individual needs will be met.

Dr. Roller and Dr. Kwon perform three laparoscopic procedures - the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, the sleeve gastrectomy and the lap gastric banding or LAP-BAND procedure. They are well versed and well trained in all three, and can offer you assurance that your health is in the best of hands.

Click below for more information on our weight loss procedures:

Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass | Sleeve Gastrectomy | Lap Gastric Banding

5. Should I get a second opinion?

Weight loss surgery will change your life forever. You only get one chance to make this choice, so be sure you make the right one. A second opinion for your weight loss procedure is crucial, in order to give you the confidence that you're making the right decision for you and your future.

Dr. Roller and Dr. Kwon take great pride in helping patients make the right choice for their health, and this includes encouraging patients to do their research and ask the big questions. They wants to make sure that you're completely comfortable about surgery and prepared for the new life that awaits!